Lynching of Julia and Frazier Baker (1898)

Frazier Baker, a schoolteacher and married father of six, was appointed the first African American postmaster of Lake City, South Carolina, in July 1897 by President William McKinley. Baker and his wife Lavinia were born in Effingham, South Carolina, a mostly black area, where he had previously served … Read MoreLynching of Julia and Frazier Baker (1898)

Asbury Park Race Riot (1970)

Asbury Park, New Jersey’s West Side district—predominantly black and housing 40% of the town’s permanent population—was consumed by rioting from July 4 to July 10 in 1970. At the time of the riot, 30% of the population, 17,000 people approximately, were African American. The town’s huge tourist-resort industry … Read MoreAsbury Park Race Riot (1970)

Camden, New Jersey Riots (1969 and 1971)

The city of Camden, New Jersey was the setting for two deadly race-related riots on September 2nd, 1969, and August 20th, 1971. Both riots were in response to alleged police brutality or murder, the victims being an unidentified young black girl, who was beaten by a white police officer in … Read MoreCamden, New Jersey Riots (1969 and 1971)

Ole Miss Riot (1962)

Soldiers Stationed in Oxford, Mississippi After the Ole Miss Riot Image Ownership: Russell H. Barrett Collection, University of Mississippi On the evening of Sunday, September 30, 1962, Southern segregationistsrioted and fought state and federal forces on the campus of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in Oxford, Mississippi to … Read MoreOle Miss Riot (1962)

Tucson Race Riot (1967)

Image Ownership: Public domain Few people are aware of the race riot that occurred in Tucson, Arizona in 1967.  The riot was caused by the arrest of an unidentified black 14-year-old a few days before. On July 23rd to 25th in the North side of the city within a … Read MoreTucson Race Riot (1967)

University of Georgia Desegregation Riot (1961)

Charlayne Hunter After Her Suspension From the University of Georgia, January 1961 Image Ownership: Public domain On January 9, 1961 two black students, Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter, entered the University of Georgia campus to register for classes. Their registration was the end of a long court battle to integrate the … Read MoreUniversity of Georgia Desegregation Riot (1961)

Langston Hughes’ Visit to the Soviet Union (1932-1933)

Langston Hughes (Left) With Two Unidentified People in Turkmenistan, 1932 Image Ownership: Public domain In June of 1932, poet Langston Hughes, political activist Louise Thompson, and 22 other African American artists, filmmakers, and actors, traveled to the Soviet Union (USSR) to create a film about African American life in the American south. The film, … Read MoreLangston Hughes’ Visit to the Soviet Union (1932-1933)

Hartford, Connecticut Riot (1969)

Barbour Street, Hartford, June 1969 Image Ownership: Public domain Hartford, Connecticut in the late 1960’s was a city immersed in racial unrest, class disputes, and activism. The city was a dichotomy between the ghetto, predominantly black or Puerto Rican and impoverished, in the North End and the South End, white and … Read MoreHartford, Connecticut Riot (1969)

Cincinnati Race Riots (1836)

Image Ownership: Public domain Fewer than half of Cincinnati, Ohio’s Black population remained in the city after the 1829 white riots. Most had left. Many of the 1,100 who stayed were unusually poor, unable to finance emigration to safer places such as surrounding towns, farther west, or … Read MoreCincinnati Race Riots (1836)

The Slave Revolt in the Cherokee Nation (1842)

Map of the 1842 Cherokee Slave Revolt Image Ownership: Public domain The Slave Revolt in the Cherokee Nation occurred in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) when a group of 25 black slaves, mostly from the Joseph Vann plantation, attempted to escape to Mexico where slavery was abolished. The revolt began on … Read MoreThe Slave Revolt in the Cherokee Nation (1842)